Switzerland: Antique Apples at Les Vergers d’Aigle et d’Yvorne, a Photo Essay

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Jonell Galloway, Editor, The Rambling EpicureSwitzerland: Antique Apples at Les Vergers d’Aigle et d’Yvorne, a Photo Essay

The Renaissance of Antique Apples in Switzerland, a Photo Essay

by Jonell Galloway

The Vergers d”Aigle et d’Yvorne is tucked into the heart of the Chablais region in French-speaking Switzerland. For more than 40 years now, they have been growing a wide range of fruit, grown under strict environmentally-friendly conditions. This fruit expresses the true terroir of the Chablais region.

Their fruit, including more than 40 varieties of apples both antique and modern, are available at producer prices, much fresher than store-bought apples, with more than 20 varieties available. The website lists the expected dates for each fruit grown.

In September, they also sell the cherished Fellenberg plums.

In season, you can pick your own cherries, with a choice of over 10 varieties.

Bertrand et Martine Cheseaux also offer a wide range of local artisanal products, including oils, vinegars, apple juice, eggs (great quality!), honey and fresh vegetables.

This year, in the context of the Semaine du Goût, or “tasting week”, which runs from September 13 to 23, 2013, they will be offering guided tours of their orchard of some 10 varieties of antique apples, along with tasting. This will take place on Saturday, September 21, with visits at 10 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. It is advisable to reserve a place. To reserve, call 41 (0)79 397 59 72 send an e-mail to info@vergers.ch.

Les Vergers d’Aigle et d’Yvorne
Bertrand & Martine Cheseaux
Route d’Evian 32
CH – 1860 AIGLE

Tel. & fax: +41 (0)24 466 35 83
Email: info@vergers.ch


10:00 A.M. – noon + + 1:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

8:30 A.M. – noon + 1:30 P.M. – 4:00 P.M.


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  • Diana Zahuranec
    September 10, 2013

    I wish this was closer! Apples — heritage, antique, roadside, foraged from old forgotten orchards — are my particular favorite.

  • Jonell Galloway
    September 10, 2013

    Cheseaux’s work is fascinating. He works with the botanist — a schoolmate — at the Château de Prangins, where they are reproducing the original garden of the château, which was a mixture of vegetables, fruit and flowers. Wonderful work they do.